Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

The Odeneal Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
LinkedIn: Stacie Odeneal
Po Box 4548
Chattanooga, TN 37405-0548
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

State Legislator to Run for Nashville Juvenile Court Clerk

State Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville), has announced she will run for Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk next year, The Tennessean reports. She will face former Metro Nashville Councilman and current director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Lonnell Matthews Jr., in the May primary election. Jones and Matthews jumped in the race after current Clerk David Smith announced his retirement earlier this year. Jones has served in the House since 1994.
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Juvenile Delinquent Crime Down in Shelby; Violent Crime Up

Delinquent charges against juveniles in Shelby County so far this year are continuing a steady downward trend that began in 2011, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the Public Safety Institute at the University of Memphis report. Their analysis of Juvenile Court figures show a 59.7 percent drop from 2011 and 25.2 percent from last year. For major violent criminal acts, however, the figures show a 35.8 percent increase from last year.

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